dairy http://michiganradio.org en Think winter was tough for you? Try being a dairy farmer http://michiganradio.org/post/think-winter-was-tough-you-try-being-dairy-farmer <p>We've all had plenty to grumble about as this long, cold, snowy winter drags on: s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">idewalks and driveways to shovel, grueling, slow freeway commutes.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But let's take a moment to try on winter from the perspective of the hard-working Michigan dairy farmer. Winter has a whole different feel when you're hauling yourself out to the barn to milk and feed your herd.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Karen Curry, a dairy farmer near East Tawas, knows this life very well. She joins us today to tell us how she's coping with this brutal winter weather.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:09:19 +0000 Stateside Staff 16576 at http://michiganradio.org Think winter was tough for you? Try being a dairy farmer Stateside for Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-december-4th-2013 <p>Can you imagine paying $7 for a gallon of milk? That reality isn't too far off if Congress can't get it together and pass a Farm Bill. We found out more about the so-called dairy cliff on today's show.</p><p>Then, scientists say Lake Superior is heating up faster than any other lake on Earth. We asked why.</p><p>And, Traverse City’s festivals are adding jobs and money to the local economy, some residents have had enough. Can a balance be reached?</p><p>First on the show, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;move by the Michigan Lottery has caught retailers by surprise, a big surprise.</span></p><p>Earlier this year, the State Legislature said no to a budget request from the Michigan Lottery for money to launch online and smart phone lottery sales. Storeowners who sell lottery tickets thought that was the end of that.</p><p>Turns out, they were wrong.</p><p>Chris Gautz has been following this story for Crain's Detroit Business, and he joined us today.</p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 21:49:59 +0000 Stateside Staff 15539 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 Without a new Farm Bill, dairy prices might soar http://michiganradio.org/post/without-new-farm-bill-dairy-prices-might-soar <p>Farms are in the spotlight on Capitol Hill these days. Or, more to the point, the lack of a new Farm Bill.</p><p>The old Farm Bill expired October 1st.</p><p>A new Farm Bill is more than two years overdue. And so far, congressional leaders have not been inclined to consider passing yet another short-term extension.</p><p>Leaders of the House and Senate Agricultural Committees met today, trying to work out differences between their respective bills as they face a deadline of January 1st.</p><p>Without a new Farm Bill by that date, trips to the grocery store may bring on serious "sticker shock," especially when you push your cart along the dairy aisle.</p><p>Joining us once again to look at the Farm Bill and what might happen if Congress can't pass a new one was Ryan Findlay. He's with the National Legislative Council for the Michigan Farm Bureau.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">And he was joined by David </span>Schweikhardt<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, professor in the Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Economics at Michigan State University.</span></p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 21:47:25 +0000 Stateside Staff 15533 at http://michiganradio.org Without a new Farm Bill, dairy prices might soar Audit of Michigan food and dairy showed insufficient inspections http://michiganradio.org/post/audit-michigan-food-and-dairy-showed-insufficient-inspections <p>According to an audit released today, Michigan food and dairy facilities are not being inspected as often as they should be.</p><p>The audit of the Food and Dairy Division of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development found that routine inspections were not always conducted.</p><p> Thu, 30 May 2013 20:41:29 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12819 at http://michiganradio.org Audit of Michigan food and dairy showed insufficient inspections